Erma A. Lewis (96) of Urbana, formerly of Bible Grove and Effingham


Published on November 15 2012 9:46 am

Erma A. Lewis, 96, Urbana, formerly of Bible Grove and Effingham, passed away peacefully at 7:21 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2012, at Helia Healthcare in Champaign.

Celebration of life services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Johnson Funeral Home, Effingham, with Evangelist Curtis L.E. Graves officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012, prior to the services at the funeral home. Private family graveside services will follow in Floral Garden of Memories near Flora.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Provena Hospice Champaign, 1501 Interstate Drive, Suite C, Champaign, IL, 61822, or donor’s choice.

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Erma was born on October 19, 1916, in Farina, IL, the daughter of James Harrison and Ethel (Harper) Connerly. She married Lindall N. Lewis on September 29, 1937, and he preceded her in death on April 5, 1962.  Erma was a member of the Old Union Church of Christ in Bible Grove, and she attended the Effingham Church of Christ on South 4th Street for many years. She was a homemaker most of her life in Clay County, IL. She worked for a short time at the
Victory Beauty Shop in Effingham and as a housekeeper to a wonderful couple in Effingham.  Erma lived on a farm in Bible Grove with her husband, Lindall, for many years. She moved to Effingham in 1965 and then to Urbana in 2008.

Erma is survived by her children, Lindall D. (Jane Wattles) Lewis of Effingham, Sandra C. Gordon of Urbana, Phillip L. (Connie Heiden) Lewis of Louisville; grandchildren, Carla (Keith) Heuermann, Jeffery (Sandi) Lewis, Brian (Kimberly) Lewis, Jodi (Justin) Newby, Lisa (Christopher) Cafin, Kimberly (David) Guffey; great-grandchildren, Cory (Gina) Heuermann, Kristen (Tim) Stork, Jami (Curt) Davis, Zachary Lewis, Elizabeth Lewis, Victor Lewis, Gretchen Lewis, Ari Lewis, Deric (Sarah) Newby, Aaron Newby, Kiersten Cafin, Danielle Cafin, Kyndal Cafin, Kendra Guffey, Matthew Guffey; great-great-grandchildren, Breta Heuermann, Gannon Stork, Alexi Stork, Ashlyn Davis, Taylor Davis, and one due in December, 2012. She also leaves cousins, nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, and many friends and loved ones whom she loved very much. She will be missed and held in our hearts forever.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lindall; daughter, Pamela Kay Lewis; granddaughter, Mary Ann Lewis; brothers, Leonard Connerly and Richard Connerly; and son-in-law, Charles David Gordon.